All 8 ‘Cheech & Chong’ Movies in Order (Including Secondary Movies)

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Cheech & Chong is a comedy duo consisting of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. In the 1970s and 1980s, the pair achieved financial and cultural success with their stand-up routines, studio records, and feature films, all inspired by the hippie and free love eras, particularly the drug and counterculture movements, most notably their passion for cannabis. If there was ever to be a Stoner Comedy Hall of Fame, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong would have to be the first two honorees.

Cheech and Chong started their professional partnership as a musical duo — but when their onstage banter proved to be more popular with audiences than their songs, they decided to pivot. So far ‘Cheech & Chong’ has eight movies under the banner and at least three secondary projects that involved at least one of them in a large directorial or acting role.

Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in October 2023 and has the most up-to-date list of ‘Cheech & Chong’ projects and their solo works.

All ‘Cheech & Chong’ movies in release date order – including secondary projects

Cheech and Chong went on to produce several films over the following decade and a half, including a few duds, a handful of solo attempts, and at least two genuine comedy masterpieces.

  1. ‘Up in Smoke’ (1978)
  2. ‘Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie’ (1980)
  3. ‘Nice Dreams’ (1981)
  4. ‘Things Are Tough All Over’ (1982)
  5. ‘Still Smokin’ (1983)
  6. ‘Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers’ (1984)
  7. ‘Get Out of My Room’ (1985)
  8. Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie! (2013)

Secondary film projects:

  1. ‘Yellowbeard’ (1983)
  2. ‘Born in East L.A.’ (1987)
  3. ‘Far Out Man’ (1990)

Are all ‘Cheech & Chong’ movies connected? What’s the best way to watch them?

Many of the ‘Cheech & Chong’ movies are connected. The characters they portray in the films often have recurring themes and storylines that create a loose continuity throughout the movies. While the plots may not form a strict chronological sequence, they do have common themes across all of them, and some recurring characters.

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It was never imagined to be a true franchise of movies in a sense as much as movies piled up, and they just went on with it. Due to this, the best way to watch the franchise is in the release date order.

All ‘Cheech & Chong’ movies in chronological order

Even though the movies are largely vague in terms of connected stories, they do have some vague chronological order to be watched.

1. Up in Smoke (1978)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

Up in Smoke is a stretched-out version of Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin’s drug-related comedic routines. The two comedians’ script sees hippy wealthy kid Chong joining up with barrio youngster Cheech in a confusing quest for marijuana to puff on, allegedly to assist them in forming a rock band. Their pursuit leads them to Tijuana, where they return in a vehicle made entirely of processed marijuana known as ‘fiber weed.’

2. ‘Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

A sequel to ‘Up in Smoke.’ Cheech must contend with losing his job, an enraged neighbor, and a desperate attempt to score with beautiful Donna. Meanwhile, Chong meets Cheech’s cousin Red, and the two enjoy a crazy time in Hollywood, complete with a large quantity of marijuana and a snazzy Ferrari. They encounter everyone from Pee-Wee Herman to some pretty amazing aliens.

3. ‘Nice Dreams (1981)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

Cheech and Chong have launched a new venture—selling ice cream from behind a big, odd-looking truck! However, this is no ordinary ice cream; it is marijuana that has been properly tested and is marketed in the shape of ice cream. Their company is called “Happy Herb’s Nice Dreams Ice Cream.” Each day, the two take their ice cream van to the beach, the gym, and many other locations selling marijuana ice cream. Soon, their company pays off as the two earn millions of dollars. They had, however, unknowingly sold some marijuana ice cream to undercover police who wanted to arrest them immediately.

4. ‘Things Are Tough All Over (1982)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

Cheech and Chong, two drug-addled, down-and-out artists, finally get a break when two rich Arabs, Mr. Slyman (also Marin) and Prince Habib (also Chong), pay them to drive a limousine from Chicago to Las Vegas. The unfortunate pair is unaware that millions of dollars are hidden in the car’s seats. Cheech and Chong soon find themselves selling off pieces of the limo for money and end up in the desert, pursued by their enraged foreign bosses.

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5. ‘Still Smokin (1983)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

Cheech and Chong reconnect and go to Amsterdam for a film festival, courtesy of a promoter (Hans Man in ‘t Veld) in Los Angeles. Cheech and Chong are mistaken for Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, respectively, when they attend a famous party. The pair rolls with it as they roll more joints, engage in standard shenanigans, and consume every item on the menu at Amsterdam’s Bvlgar Café, including many mushrooms.

6. ‘Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers (1984)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

In this spoof version of the Alexandre Dumas book, a loud but unloved rock band is ejected from a sleepy French village, only to meet paths with a magical gypsy who tells the odd story of two Corsican brothers who, despite being born apart, could sense each other’s bodily joys and sorrows.

When the strangely powerful couple reunites, their ill-advised escapades ignite the French Revolution. It’s the last live-action film that stars both Cheech and Chong and the only movie that doesn’t have pot as the central element.

7. ‘Get Out of My Room (1985)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

The stoners go to the streets of Los Angeles in “Cheech and Chong’s Get Out Of My Room,” a mockumentary about – themselves. Featuring their famous song/video “Born In East Los Angeles,” with Beverly D’Angelo and Jan-Michael Vincent co-starring.

The video was very unlike the record. Cheech Marin wrote and directed Get Out of My Room, a 53-minute mockumentary in the vein of ‘This Is Spinal Tap.’ He and Tommy Chong are seen in the film trying to create a “video album” for their novelty CD ‘Get Out of My Room.’ We are shown music videos for the songs “Get Out of My Room,” “I’m Not Home Right Now,” “Love Is Strange,” and “Born in East L.A.” in between false interview parts and behind-the-scenes footage.

8. ‘Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie (2013)

Cheech And Chong Movies in Order: The Best Watching Guide

Cheech & Chong – and many other characters portrayed by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong – smoke a lot of marijuana, conceal it from the police, and attempt to sell it in several episodes. False television advertisements increase the sale of medicines, zit cream, and suicide arrangements.

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9. ‘Yellowbeard’ (1983)

Yellowbeard

‘Yellowbeard’ is not a ‘Cheech & Chong’ movie but features both of them in huge roles. The comedy film follows the absurd adventures of the infamous pirate captain Yellowbeard, played by Graham Chapman. The story revolves around Yellowbeard’s quest for hidden treasure, which is complicated by various eccentric characters, including his wife and son, as well as law enforcement and rival pirates.

10. ‘Born in East L.A.’ (1987)

Born in East L.A. 1987

‘Born in East L.A.’ is often considered a ‘Cheech & Chong’ movie, although it technically isn’t. It’s considered to be a spinoff from ‘Get Out of My Room’ and is often packed on DVD as part of the series. It was written and directed by Cheech Marin but otherwise doesn’t have Chong in a prominent role.

11. ‘Far Out Man’ (1990)

Far Out Man 1990

‘Far Out Man’ is a comedy film directed by and starring Tommy Chong. The story follows a hippie and former 1960s activist, played by Chong, who finds himself in the 1990s. After getting released from a mental institution, he embarks on a road trip, encountering various colorful characters and attempting to reconcile with his estranged family.

Where to watch movies featuring Cheech & Chong?

All movies featuring Cheech & Chong can be rented or bought on Amazon or Apple TV. ‘Up in Smoke’ and ‘Still Smokin’ are also available on Paramount+ for streaming. ‘Far Out Man’ Chong’s solo project is available only on Freeve and Roku.

Will there be more movies with Cheech & Chong?

Both Cheech and Chong eventually split on screen and decided to pursue their solo careers. However, the pair is bound to reunite soon in a biopic. We have no release date or details related to the production, but some things have been revealed to the public.

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The forthcoming biopic, scripted by Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan and produced by Todd Lieberman, Alex Young, Douglas Banker, and Trevor Engelson, fulfills Engelson’s childhood dream of collaborating with the iconic comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. The film will trace Marin’s upbringing in California suburbs by Mexican-American parents and his college experience, as well as Chong’s journey from being a member of a soul music group on Canada’s West Coast after leaving high school.

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